As the Supreme Court is poised to gut Roe v. Wade, a growing number of companies are changing their health benefits policies and shaping DEI initiatives to effectively make reproductive healthcare access – particularly abortion – a workplace issue.
State-level abortion restrictions could have a steep economic impact and stunt labor force growth – especially among Black and Hispanic women – while costing state economies billions each year.
- Yelp, Citigroup, Apple and Amazon will cover expenses such as airfare and lodging for employees who must travel to receive an abortion.
- Bumble and Match Group’s CEO set up relief funds for people seeking abortions in Texas.
- Lush Cosmetics launched a customer-facing education campaign on the need for comprehensive reproductive healthcare and set about guaranteeing access to abortion services for all U.S. staff.
- Salesforce committed to helping employees relocate if they have concerns about access to reproductive healthcare.
- Lyft and Uber pledged to pay legal fees for any drivers sued under the Texas abortion law.
Consistent public polling indicates widespread support for some level of abortion access – especially early in pregnancy. But more than 13 state legislatures have introduced or already enacted restrictive legislation effectively banning abortion.
We’ll be watching for other corporate announcements as the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision becomes official.